Nanotechnology-enhanced High-efficient Miniaturized Energy Harvesting Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0007
Amount: $98,923.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB092-001
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
465 S. Mathilda Ave., Suite 100, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
DUNS: 803834670
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cattien Nguyen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (650) 604-3958
Business Contact
 Jan Heinemann
Title: CEO
Phone: (650) 604-6615
Research Institution
Performance of conventional primary and secondary batteries improve at a meager rate every year. Sensors and sensor networks which are advancing through relentless miniaturization effects need uninterrupted power sources in many scenarios. We propose to use a piezoelectric based energy scavenging device to harvest energy from environmental vibrations. Although a handful of structures by a few groups have demonstrated that ZnO nanowires have great promise for energy harvesting devices, the few schemes that have demonstrated the energy harvesting in these nanowires have been mainly laboratory experiments performed with an atomic force microscope top or a fiber coated with the ZnO nanowires on which a pulling force is exerted. The proposed work is very necessary to develop more robust schemes that may easily translate to non-laboratory based packages with miniaturized sensors. Phase I will evaluate piezoelectric properties of nanowires of ZnO, GaN, lithium niobate, and PZT design for embedding the nanowire into a softer host matrix to be able to withstand high strains and design a mechanical to energy coupling mechanism with plans to produce a prototype for Phase II.

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